LAS VEGAS -- We've heard of a lot of odd things here at CES before, and this year is no different. Case in point: the ZTE Projector Hotspot. Part charger, personal hot spot, and image projector, this device is one of several products (including the Grand S II and two Nubia handsets) that ZTE is showcasing at this year's conference. Though no official pricing has been announced yet, the Chinese mobile company confirmed that the Projector Hotspot will be available in the US later this year.
Design Physically, the square-shaped device measures a little less than 5x5 inches … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- ZTE isn't holding anything back for CES 2014. In addition to debuting its first smartwatch, a mobile hotspot projector device, and four other smartphones, it has officially launched its marquee handset of the season, the Grand S II.
As a followup to its flagship from last year, the device is the highest-end ZTE handset yet. It sports a 5.5-inch, 1080p full HD screen, and a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. This is the same CPU used in the powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
In addition, the LTE-enabled phone will have a 13-megapixel camera on … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about last year. Now it's even better.
By now most of you have heard of FreedomPop. The company started out offering tempting goodies like Clearwire-powered 4G service with a "free" mobile hot spot and 500MB of data per month, with the option of earning extra by referring friends.
Say hello to the competition. Karma offers a Clearwire-powered 4G mobile hot spot with 1GB of free data, with the option of earning extra by referring....strangers.
Major mobile operators around the world say they expect to rely on Wi-Fi more than ever in the next few years to keep their data networks free from congestion. And new standards that make it easier for operators' subscribers to use each other's Wi-Fi networks are helping accelerate Wi-Fi offload adoption, according to a report released Wednesday by the Wireless Broadband Alliance.
As wireless subscribers continue to use more data services to stream audio and video, check social networking sites and use GPS navigation services as well as other Net-connected apps, major wireless operators say they are turning to … Read more
Real quick: Thank you so much for the incredible response yesterday to "The Cheapskate Rules." You folks are the best. I'm eternally grateful for the kind words, the support, and the reviews on Amazon. And per your many requests, the book will definitely be coming to Nook, Google Play, iOS, and other platforms! Stay tuned.
Now, back to business. Most smartphones can pull hot-spot duty if needed, though usually that means paying extra to your carrier and dealing with much faster battery drain. And, lest we forget, not everybody has a smartphone. (Crazy, right?)
Another consideration: What … Read more
Verizon Wireless on Wednesday introduced a 4G LTE-powered router for the home, which could potentially replace your ground phone and Internet connection -- as long as you're not a heavy user and an existing wireless customer.
The company's Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice is nothing if not straightforward, and does exactly what its name implies. Rather than a home cable or DSL connection, customers can use the LTE device to power their home Wi-Fi network, which can connect 10 devices simultaneously. It also includes a jack for a home phone and three Ethernet ports.
The router … Read more
Boingo has gone live with a hot spot that aims to take the hassle out of connecting to wireless networks.
The Wi-Fi provider announced Thursday the launch of its next-generation hot spot at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Dubbed Boingo Passpoint, the new hot spot promises a variety of benefits to mobile users.
Courtesy of roaming agreements between different carriers, you'll be able to seamlessly switch between a cellular and a Wi-Fi network. Your mobile device also will pick up the closest secure Wi-Fi network and automatically connect you without requiring a username or password.
Boingo Passpoint is … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A single-serving Tumblr dedicated to the worst Kickstarter campaigns ever.
- Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic.
- NYC programmer turns homeless man into startup experiment.
- SXSW in a nutshell: homeless people as hot spots.
FreedomPop's mobile hotspot service has finally jumped to 4G LTE.
FreedomPop hops onto Sprint's cellular network to provide its users with mobile Internet access. Until now, its service only supported Sprint's WiMax network. But the new $149 Freedom Spot MiFi 5580 hotspot kicks in support for the carrier's 4G LTE network.
The new mobile hotspot provides average speeds of 6 to 8 Mbps and peak speeds as fast as 15 Mbps, according to FreedomPop. Equipped with an OLED display, the 5580 can handle up to 10 wireless devices and run for 10 hours on a single … Read more